The Oklahoma City Thunder are set to battle it out with the Dallas Mavericks late Saturday night in the American Airlines Center. This is a rare 8 p.m. local tip for two central standard time teams, which slightly benefits Dallas, who is playing on the second leg of a back-to-back set.
This will be a matchup between two top-four teams in the Western Conference, with the OKC Thunder coming into this contest with a 12-6 record, while the Mavericks sit at 11-7 following a disappointing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Is Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic going to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023?
With the Mavericks on the second leg of a back-to-back, their rules for submitting an injury report changes a bit, not seeing their first release until 1:30 local time.
Meanwhile, the OKC Thunder have already announced the only players they will miss are Ousmane Dieng and Keyontae Johnson, each due to being on G League assignment.
Luka Doncic missed the first leg of this back-to-back set due to the birth of his first child, a baby girl named Gabriela.
With the quick turnover of this back-to-back set it was unclear if Luka Doncic would be able to give it a go tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, as the Mavericks released their first injury report, Luka Doncic did not appear on it signaling he is active tonight against the Thunder.
In 11 games against the OKC Thunder, Luka Doncic is averaging 27 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists per game. The Slovenian Superstar has been a thorn in the side of the Thunder, despite Oklahoma City possessing some high-quality defenders.
Luka Doncic returns, but Kyrie Irving, who gave a glowing review to the Thunder yesterday, is tabbed as questionable, along with Tim Hardaway Jr and Josh Green also being listed as questionable. Maxi Kleber and Dante Exum are out for the Mavericks.
This game is poised to be a track meet as each team turns in a top-five offense in the NBA, but especially as the Mavericks rank in the bottom ten defensively despite their 11-7 record.